Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Dear Santa {Feeling Crafty}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Oh yes, I’m scrapbooking about Christmas! I know, it’s May and we’re having an insane heat wave in California, but this month is LOAD514 (Layout A Day) and I’m a Featured Designer! The prompt “Dear Santa” inspired me to tell the story about the “letters to santa” mailing tube I bought way before my hubby and I had kids! I guess I was dreaming about babies instead of sugar plums that winter 🙂

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

When creating this page, the alphas I had in my stash were the perfect size, a great clean font, but they just didn’t have the pizzazz I wanted so I heat embossed them using Versamark and a glitter/tinsel embossing powder. And voila, exactly what I wanted!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

As I picked photos and papers, I saw that it was getting a bit busy, so I decided to add the journaling to layered tags that I could tuck under the photos. Note: remember to create a bit of a pocket and NOT add tape to the section you’ll be tucking your journaling behind! Oops!

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Dear Santa layout using My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas papers, tags, embossing, kraft tags, twine, wood veneer snowflake embellishments

Do you scrapbook? Or create photo books? Do you journal and document your stories? That’s the stuff future generations will love to hear about! Be sure to take the time to jot down those memories – whether in your own handwriting or typed up – your kids will love reading your stories!

To check out more of my scrapbook layouts and other crafty creations click here.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

P R O D U C T S   U S E D  (Affiliate Links)

My Mind’s Eye Vintage Christmas 12×12 paper
Versamark Watermark Ink
Red Tinsel Embossing Powder
Maya Road Baker’s Twine Cording, Tomato Red
Studio Calico, Snowflake wood veneers
Stampendous Joy stamp
EK Success Craft Tweezers
Fiskars SureCut Personal 12″ Paper Trimmer

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Siblings, photos, pre-tween, Balboa Park, spring, peach, blue

P Siblings Sneak Peek {Photo Session}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // Siblings, photos, pre-tween, Balboa Park, spring, peach, blue

Are you ready for a whole lotta gorgeousness? I had the great pleasure of photographing these kids at one of my favorite San Diego locations – Balboa Park! Photographing these adorable siblings was a breeze – not only are they beautifully photogenic, but they’re super smart, sweet, well mannered, respectful and just overall great kids! They made my job a total walk-in-the-park! Pun intended 🙂

Their Mom is a dear friend of mine – I was fortunate enough to work side-by-side with her for a couple of years as we volunteered together on the board for our church’s Ministry of Mothers group. We co-chaired Programs for our group and had so much fun lining up top-notch guest speakers and activities for our group of dedicated mamas! We might not see each other as often as we did those years, but we’re still two peas in a pod when we do get together ❤

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!

Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

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Canon 60D
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
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Unexpected {Photo Challenge}

Connie Hanks Photography // ClickyChickCreates.com // patina on intricately detailed metal grate beneath baptismal font at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church

You may have noticed that I’m loving weekly photo challenges : ) It gives me the opportunity to
a. get my camera out and snap some creative shots; or
b. dig in Lightroom for photos I’ve previously created and give them new life

Considering it’s summer and I’m on full-time mommy-duty, I’ve been doing more digging than snapping when it comes to finding the right shot. I must say, I’m always quite pleased when I find something that fits the bill (or prompt!) just perfectly.

The theme this week over at A Word A Week Challenge is Unexpected. As I dug through my photos, I remembered a photo in particular… I remembered being so pleasantly surprised when I was taking photos at church and noticed the unexpected, gorgeous and vibrant colors on the metal grate below our baptismal font. Just one of those beauties that is seen, yet unseen. We walk up to it (the font), dip a finger into the holy water, then make the sign of the cross over ourselves, and hurry off to find a seat amidst the crowded pews in our beautiful church. After mass has ended, we head to the font, go through the same ritual, and walk out the ornate doors. The patina’d grate is touched by all who go through this ritual, as it is underfoot, but I don’t know how many of us take the time to marvel at the beauty it provides?

What unexpected beauty has caught your attention recently? I’d love to see, so share a link in the comments! Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!
xoxo,
/c

PS. These are by far some of my most favorite colors in the whole wide world. I’m super inspired to go create a card or scrapbook page now : )